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The exhibition "The World Through Picture Books" travels in

Japan
June to September 2014
Kazuko Yoda

After being shown at the International Library of Children's Literature (April 22 to May 25), The
World through Picture Books exhibition has been presented in three regions in Japan from June
to September 2014. I would like to report about them.

1. Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library, June 11 to 29.


Shizuoka Prefecture is located in the middle of Japan and two hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen,
the express fast-speed train. The Research room of children's books was opened ten years
ago at Shizuoka Library and since then, they have collected all the children's books published
in Japan.

I was asked to talk there about our IFLA project, on June 22 nd. Ms. Yumi Tobita, Director of the
Children's Services Division at the National Diet Library, joined me and participated in this
lecture. The librarians prepared about fifty Japanese translations of the original listed books, for
the library users. Because of previous arrangements through Internet, I knew that librarians
wanted to do floor talks, so I went to their library to give a lecture to the librarians and
volunteers before the exhibition started. I heard that they have done a good job!

2. Ibaraki Prefectural Library, July 21 to August 3


Ibaraki Prefecture is located next to Tokyo, just one hour away on the express train.
I was asked to visit the library when the exhibition was being installed. It was situated near the
entrance and the children's room. Many library users stopped by to take books and read them
with great interest.

3. Ofunato Cultural Hall , September 10 to 21


Ofunato is located in Iwate Prefecture, in the Tohoku area which was affected by the big
earthquake in 2011. This district is not fully restored yet but many librarians and volunteers
work with enthusiasm to enjoy books with children. They prepared not only Japanese
translations of the exhibition books but also reference books about the represented countries.
The exhibition room was cosy and attractive. The Public Library is located in the Cultural hall
and librarians have read aloud picture books every day. I gave a lecture and book-talks with my
friends on September 15.

During these three exhibitions, many library users (both children and adults) were interested in
the selected books and enjoyed them very much. Sheets of paper with the translation of the
book reviews in Japanese, prepared by the International Library of Childrens Literature, were
included in every book but this was not convenient for all readers. I think it may be better to
prepare a Japanese translation of the catalogue.

The exhibition at Ofunato Library

View of the exhibition from Ofunato library entrance

The exhibition at Ofunato Library